Series Preview: Padres Head to Windy City
Mar 26, 2015; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs outfielder Kris Bryant (76) at bat during a spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports
The San Diego Padres (6-4) have a lot of momentum coming off of a 5-2 home stand. They now head to the Windy City to face the Chicago Cubs (5-3) for a weekend series. The Cubs themselves have been playing good ball which should make this a competitive, entertaining series. The Padres are 6-4, which marks the first time since June 21st, 2013 that they are two games above .500.
The Friars are hitting well and are fifth in the league in average at .278. They are also third in the MLB in doubles with 22. Justin Upton is a raging volcano of production. In his last five games, he is eight for 17 (.471) with two home runs, four RBI and eight runs scored.
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The Cubs are finally calling up their prized phenom, former USD Torero Kris Bryant. He led the universe in home runs during Spring Training and will finally get the chance to show what he can do on the big stage. This is a weekend series where all of the games will be daytime starts. This should be a great series featuring two upstart teams who are hoping to reverse recent downward trends.
The Padres get to use the top 3 arms in their rotation for this series. They will face a Cubs team that is hitting .224 to start the year.